Record of WI meeting Monday October 10th 2016
The secretary, Jacki Clarke is on holiday so Patsy will do the record.
The meeting opened with Jerusalem.
Patsy welcomed guests to the meting, Brenda Banner a past president and three ladies who came together, Annette Whitehouse, Eileen Merriman and Gill Fradley (who is a member of Astley WI).
Members had all enjoyed the September meeting which was a cheese and wine supper with an excellent audio visual presentation of our WI year created by our clever and talented young member Katie Reid.
2 On September 23rd we hosted the Autumn Group Meeting. 68 people attended. The tables were decorated with lovely sunflowers, in bottles decorated with yellow hat motifs, and standing on mats following the same theme all created by Margaret Cook. The committee were wearing bright yellow aprons and head bands embroidered with AKWI all made by Jacki Clarke. A delicious homemade supper was served, quiche, salad and coleslaw, fresh baguettes and butter, followed by trifle and tea.
The speaker, Irene Tyack came from the Cotswolds near Bourton on the Water. She is an accomplished artist, but she spoke about her childhood and early life, which was very harsh and she was not able to achieve her ambition to paint until she married her third husband, after bringing up nine children! She is now a renowned artist and her resilience and spirit is to be admired. The meeting closed to enable us to purchase prints of her work, including cards, bags, mugs and tea towels. Irene did not charge us a fee, and relied on the sale of her work.
Faye Gillmore, with the help of Linda Lane did a sterling job selling raffle tickets raising £119, which goes to Group funds.
Flyer from the Norton Museum at Bromsgrove.
Stop press. A Christmas Wreath making course and a holiday in Jersey hosted by Jersey WI Federation.
Any other business
Katie Reid had created a media presentation of our WI and its role in the community for the Elizabeth Bell competition. Katie’s entry had been selected to represent Worcestershire’s entry and will be sent on to the National Competition.
The 90th Birthday Celebration Flag, made by Brenda Banner was on display. The members were delighted with it and full of admiration for Brenda’s skilled work. Brenda was presented with a WI Centenary Cook Book.
Skittles: The first match against Mitton WI has been played and sadly we lost by 6 points. There was some angst at the match! The next match will be against Far Forest on 31st October at Wharton Park.
County News Letter: The Public Affairs Committee are requesting donations for new cotton ladies and girls knickers to be sent to Africa, they must be full knickers and have plenty of “bottom room”. Our speaker for the evening, Mr David Berry pretended to cover his ears in embarrassment!
Speaker: Mr David Berry on Military Mistakes and Misjudgments. Spoke well and had done a lot of historical research. Most of the members found it interesting, some thought he spoke for too long.
Mary Arden-Davies gave an excellent vote of thanks.
After the tea break members read out several of the “Who am I” letters which was good fun.
The competition, a homemade poppy was judged by our speaker. 1st Alison Hastie, 2nd Katie Reid, 3rd Ann Lakin. There were several entries all of them delightful.
Katie and or Margaret Cook will investigate the Co-op’s policy towards food waste, after Katie had had a good result from Tesco.
Ann Bailey, Helen Golding and Katie Reid provided delicious refreshments.
The raffle was drawn. Pam Eves provided a lovely miniature rose plant for the President’s table which she gave for a raffle prize.